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Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

Call on the USDA to properly define an exotic pet and to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership in the USA.

Wild animals like tigers, cheetahs, lions, primates, and even reptiles are being taken from the wild as pets across the world. Not only do these kinds of animals not belong in a domesticated environment, they are actually dangerous, and suffer greatly by being abused as "pets."

Around 5,000 tigers alone are estimated to be held by private individuals (1), but since most states don't keep accurate records on exotic animals that enter their state, it has become almost impossible to know how many animals are being kept in homes.

Exotic animals do not make good pets. They need incredibly specialized care, housing, diets, and freedom that people simply will never be able to provide. Cheetahs for example, have territorial ranges that can exceed 300 square miles (2). Animals that are used to being able to travel across the plains of the Serengeti whenever they please, will only suffer by being kept inside of a house.

The vast majority of people who seek out wild animals to have as "pets" in their home, do so because they think it's "cool" or many times just as a statement to their wealth (3). What they don't think about however, is how it is almost impossible to truly domesticate a wild animal.

Wild animals will always have wild needs. Even animals like parrots have not been domesticated over thousands of years like dogs and cats, making it impossible for them to live under human care (4). Trying to keep an exotic animal just because it looks cool or because you want to show how much money you have is not worth the toll it takes on the animals themselves. It needs to stop.

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To The United States Department of Agriculture,

Exotic animals are being illegally bought, traded, and brought into the United States to be kept by people as “pets.” These animals however are taken from the wild where they have lived for hundreds of generations, making them impossible to domesticate.

Not only are these animals incredibly dangerous to be kept inside of a private home, but they also suffer greatly under human care. They all have extremely delicate needs in regards to their food, their environment, and the care they require. They are wild animals and will always behave as such.

We are asking you to take a strong stance on this serious problem by making very specific guidelines on what is and isn't considered an exotic pet. We also need you to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership across the entire United States so that these animals no longer suffer in the hands of human owners.

Unless these actions are taken, people will continue to buy, sell, and trade animals that are taken from their homes and families in the wild, and abusing them for their own gratification.


Petition Signatures

Mar 22, 2018 Araceli Buenrostro
Mar 22, 2018 mariah whyte
Mar 22, 2018 Sarae Walker
Mar 22, 2018 Brianna Schwartz
Mar 22, 2018 Dorothy Petros
Mar 22, 2018 Nicole Vasta
Mar 22, 2018 Patricia Benitez
Mar 22, 2018 Cheryl Halloran
Mar 22, 2018 Lenore Cunningham
Mar 22, 2018 Wendy Brousseau
Mar 22, 2018 Kathy Gompertz
Mar 22, 2018 Georgia Hubbard Wild animals are supposed to be wild.
Mar 22, 2018 Dianne MacDonald
Mar 22, 2018 Carole LaGrange
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Leann Latimer
Mar 22, 2018 Janet Vigeant
Mar 22, 2018 Linda Di Fabio
Mar 22, 2018 Dora Herrera
Mar 22, 2018 Jean Cardot
Mar 22, 2018 Sarah Henschen
Mar 22, 2018 Kelley Mosley
Mar 22, 2018 Tanya Toth Wild animals should stay wild and not be allowed to be domesticated pets.
Mar 22, 2018 Angela Phelan
Mar 22, 2018 Cynthia Garcia
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Michael Feenaughty
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Leah Harbert
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Kristen Cameron
Mar 22, 2018 Ginger Morgan Leave animals where they belong. They are not here for man.
Mar 22, 2018 Patty Schultz
Mar 22, 2018 Lois Campesi
Mar 22, 2018 Elizabeth Drawhorn
Mar 22, 2018 mahnaz gidanian
Mar 22, 2018 Cheryl Everetts
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Linda McKinney
Mar 22, 2018 Patricia Sylvester
Mar 22, 2018 Cindy Mohr This is wrong and dangerous n abuse to these animals . Stop this now .
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) The pain and anxiety an animal goes through in captivity is probably like what we’d go through if sentenced to prison. Unknown surroundings, potentially hostile animals around you, limits to activities and wandering. Plus possibly losing claws and teeth.
Mar 22, 2018 Marie Zimmer
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Heather A
Mar 22, 2018 Charlotte Franklin
Mar 22, 2018 Carolyn Gilliam Please stop this. Wild animals are not pets. They deserve to be left in their natural habitat. Please let's work together to stop this.

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